|Round||Episode Name||Directed by||Written by||Original air date |
|1||"THE FIRST STEP"||Kenichi Kawamura||Tatsuhiko Urahata||October 3, 2000 (2000-10-03)|
| Ippo Makunouchi is a shy young man who works with his mother, Hiroko on their fishing boat business while he attends school, so he has no time to hang out with friends. One day, as Ippo is walking home, he is approached by Masahiko Umezawa and two other bullies.|
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They start beating him up and make fun of him and his mother. Suddenly, a jogger walks by and scares the bullies away. Ippo loses consciousness so the jogger takes him to the boxing gym where he works out in and heals his injuries. When he wakes up, Ippo is amazed by all the boxers working out.
Hajime no Ippo Manga
The jogger then test tries to get Ippo to punch a punching bag with the bully's face drawn on it. Even though his hand gets bruised, the jogger notices Ippo has a very strong punch. He gives him some world championship boxing tapes to look over and sends him home. Inspired by the tapes, Ippo seeks out the jogger, Mamoru Takamura, who is a middle-weight professional boxer, and begs him to train him in order to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional boxer.
Hajime no Ippo
To test him, Takamura kicks a tree and catches many leaves in his hand, using his lightning-fast jabs. He tells Ippo that if he can do the same, he will train him.
|2||"Fruits of Labor"|
Transcription: "Doryoku no seika (Results of Great Effort)" (Japanese: 努力の成果)
|Saburō Hashimoto||Tatsuhiko Urahata||October 10, 2000 (2000-10-10)|
| Ippo's goal was to catch 10 leaves, with only a week to do so.
While balancing school and work, Ippo also practiced his jabs. Finally, he figured out not only to increase the speed of his jabs, but also caught all 10 leaves in his left hand. Impressed, Takamura then assigns Ippo to work out his muscles, body and running speed for one month. Once done, Takamura takes Ippo back to the gym to test out his skills. His first test was to spar with a rookie the same age as Ippo, Ichiro Miyata.
|3||"Tears of Joy"|
Transcription: "Ureshi namida (Happy Tears)" (Japanese: うれし涙)
|Hitoshi Nanba||Tatsuhiko Urahata||October 17, 2000 (2000-10-17)|
| At first, it seems that Ippo could not keep up with Miyata, given the fact that the latter is more experienced.
Ippo keeps taking hit after hit and gets knocked down twice. After receiving some advice from Takamura, Ippo keeps getting back up to fight. To everyone's surprise, Ippo keeps absorbing Miyata's punches. Suddenly, Miyata hits Ippo's chin, causing his brain to move back and forth. However, Ippo was able to keep up with Miyata's movements, but unfortunately lost to Miyata's superior skills. However, the owner of the gym, Genji Kamogawa, was impressed by Ippo's determination and decides to train him every day in the gym.
Transcription: "Shadō bokushingu (Shadow Boxing)" (Japanese: シャドーボクシング)
|Nanako Shimazaki||Daisuke Aranishi||October 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)|
| Ippo finally begins his training in the gym.|
First, Kamogawa himself, helps Ippo to focus on his jabs and the one-two technique. After getting the hang of it, Kamogawa instructs Ippo to practice shadow boxing. Though some patrons in the gym show him how to do it, Ippo tries again and again. However, as he watches Miyata sparring, he starts to finally understand how to shadow box. Takamura and Kamogawa realize what a great talent Ippo has, but Miyata feels jealousy towards him.
|5||"3 Months to Counter"|
|Toshiharu Sato||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||October 31, 2000 (2000-10-31)|
| Ippo begins training with coach Kamogawa for about three months in order to prepare for a rematch with Miyata.
During that time, he begins working on more techniques. Also, he learns more about Miyata's father, who was a former professional boxer who believes in skill surpassing power. However, in his final match, he lost and realised that that power surpasses skill.
Since then, Miyata is trying to prove that his father's way of boxing is correct. After more training, Ippo is finally ready for his rematch with Miyata.
|6||"The Opening Bell of the Rematch"|
Transcription: "Saisen no gongu (Gong of the Rematch)" (Japanese: 再戦のゴング)
|Yasuo Iwamoto||Kenji Sugihara||November 7, 2000 (2000-11-07)|
| A representative from a boxing magazine comes to Kamogawa's Gym on the same day Ippo and Miyata have their rematch.|
With Takamura as referee, the rematch begins. Both fighters begin their four-round match, each displaying their progress during the last three months. Each one knocking each other once, taking their audience's breath away.
|7||"The Destructive Force of 1 cm"|
Transcription: "1 cm no hakairyoku (Destructive Power of 1cm)" (Japanese: 1cmの破壊力)
|Yūji Yamaguchi||Tatsuhiko Urahata||November 14, 2000 (2000-11-14)|
| Ippo and Miyata's match continue.
After Ippo gets knocked down, he struggles to get back up. Once he gets up, Ippo continues with his assault. The punches keep on flying, but then Miyata changes strategies in order to slow down Ippo's movements, which succeeds.
After a few more hits, Ippo finally gets his chance and launches an uppercut, grazing Miyata's chin. This causes Miyata to fall to his knees, losing due to a K.O. Even though Miyata felt humilitated, his father still thought he had a good fight.
Ippo went to bed later that night, feeling proud.
|8||"Promise to Meet Again"|
Transcription: "Saikai no yakusoku (Promise of Another Meeting)" (Japanese: 再会の約束)
|Akira Mano||Yasuko Kamo||November 21, 2000 (2000-11-21)|
| With Miyata nowhere to be found, Ippo seems distracted in his training, so Kamogawa sends him to train with Takamura. Ippo experiences all the hardship his mentor endures since he prepares for a championship match.
Takamura easily defeats his opponent due to his training and diet. Outside, Ippo meets Miyata, who informs him that he is quitting Kamogawa's Gym and promises to meet Ippo in the ring as professional boxers.
|9||"C Class License"|
Transcription: "C kyū raisensu (C Class License)" (Japanese: C級ライセンス)
|Rokō Ogiwara||Hiroshi Mori||November 28, 2000 (2000-11-28)|
| Ippo finally applies to get his featherweight boxing license, with Takamura tagging along.
During the exam, he meets Ryo Mashiba, a ruthless boxer with a deadly combo.
Hajime no Ippo
Six months after he began his training, Ippo finally gained his license. Even his former bullies are no match for his speed. Back at Kamogawa's Gym, Ippo is about to learn the name of his opponent in his debut match.
Transcription: "Debyū sen!
(Debut Fight!)" (Japanese: デビュー戦!)
|Mitsuyuki Masuhara||Ryōsuke Nakamura||December 5, 2000 (2000-12-05)|
| Ippo's first opponent is Yosuke Oda.
However, Oda is more focused on goofing off and going out with his coach's daughter. He also seemed to be overconfident. Unfortunately for Oda, Keiko, his girlfriend, decides to break up with him if he loses his match, due to him losing his passion for the sport. Oda decides to dedicate the next week to train as much as he can in preparation for the match. The day finally arrives and both Ippo and Oda get into the ring with cheering fans all around them.
|11||"Obsession for Victory"|
Transcription: "Shōri no shūnen (Tenacity to Win)" (Japanese: 勝利への執念へ)
|Shinichi Tsuji||Daisuke Aranishi||December 12, 2000 (2000-12-12)|
| The four round match finally begins.
Each fighter delivers harsh blow after harsh blow, with their teams shouting advice. Miyata arrives secretly to watch the match. However, Oda's hook actually cuts Ippo's left side of the face around his eye.
The doctor warns him that if he bleeds again, he will lose with a technical K.O. Unwilling to let that happen, Ippo goes all out to take out Oda, and he does with his most powerful jabs, earning him victory. In the locker room, Oda swears to continue training and Keiko, having forgiven him, urges him to continue working hard.
Ippo and his friends celebrate after the match.
|12||"Becoming a Bully's Buddy"|
Transcription: "(Violent Friend Announcement)" (Japanese: 手荒なダチ宣言)
|Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||December 19, 2000 (2000-12-19)|
| Ippo's second match is against Yoshio Fujigawa.
However, Umezawa and his two friends actually go to Ippo's match to cheer him on. After working on a new guarding technique, Ippo seems to be on top. However, his opponent starts to play dirty by cheating. But, Ippo's determination allows him to fight back and break his opponent's guard with a mighty uppercut.
The next day, Umezawa decides to become Ippo's friend and tells everyone about Ippo's mighty victory.
|13||"The Eastern Japan Rookie Championship Tournament Begins"|
Transcription: "Kaimaku, higashi nippon shinjin Ō sen (Curtain Rises, Eastern Japan Rookie-of-the-Year Fight)" (Japanese: 開幕、東日本新人王戦)
|Nanako Shimazaki||Kenji Sugihara||December 26, 2000 (2000-12-26)|
| The Rookie Championship is about to begin.
Ippo's first opponent is an American soldier, Jason Ozma, who is based in Japan.
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To prepare for the match, Ippo trains with Takamura while practicing to dodge hooks and uppercuts. Ozma, on the other hand, trains for the people he came to know in the Japanese gym where he was based.
|14||"Powerful Arms! Hooks vs. Uppercut!"|
|Akira Mano||Ryōsuke Nakamura||January 9, 2001 (2001-01-09)|
| Ippo and Ozma begin their match.
Both of them give powerful blows, each surprising one another. Each boxer tries to think of a strategy to take out the other, until Ozma knocks Ippo down.
After a brief moment, he gets up and each counter with a punch to each other's face. The intensity of the match continues.
|15||"Test of Endurance"|
Transcription: "Gaman kurabe (Endurance Contest)" (Japanese: 我慢くらべ)
|Kenichi Kawamura||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||January 16, 2001 (2001-01-16)|
| The match continues between Ippo and Ozma, with each fighter dealing one crushing blow after another.
Oma manages to knock Ippo down, and it looked like he was down for the count. However, Ippo managed to get up and continue the assault, following his coach's advice on pretending like he feels no pain. Ozma is then knocked down himself.
He manages to get up as well. As the fighters continue, Ippo receives one crushing blow after another, until he ducks and gives a huge uppercut to Ozma's chest, knocking him down. Ippo wins his first tournament match and thanks Ozma for the incredible fight. Ozma wishes him luck for his next matches. Both boxers receive applause and praise from the audience as they leave the ring.
|16||"Anticipating a Fierce Fight"|
Transcription: "Gekisen no yokan (Presentiment of a Fierce Fight)" (Japanese: 激戦の予感)
|Mitsuyuki Masuhara||Daisuke Aranishi||January 23, 2001 (2001-01-23)|
| Ippo and Takamura, along with a girl that Ippo has a crush on, sees Miyata's match.
Miyata completely lowered his opponent's guard and quickly took him out.
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Afterwards, Ippo and his friends at the gym saw some videos of some of the next opponents he would face in the tournament. Later, after meeting the girl at a bakery where she worked, Ippo received a call from Takamura about a training camp for preparation for his next match.
|17||"Ippo on the Beach"|
Transcription: "Ippo on za bīchi" (Japanese: イッポ·オン·ザ·ビーチ)
|Yūzō Satō||Yasuko Kamo||January 30, 2001 (2001-01-30)|
| Ippo, Takamura and their two friends from the gym, Aoki and Kimura go to training camp, which also involves fun at the beach.
After sunset, the gang of four start running and practicing shadow boxing at their hut. Ippo also learns about movement with his feet from Takamura, which happened to be Ippo's weakness. After a fireworks celebration, all four boxers head home.
Transcription: "Kurinchi" (Japanese: クリンチ)
|Takaaki Ishiyama||Hiroshi Mori||February 6, 2001 (2001-02-06)|
|19||"Dream of a KO"|
Transcription: "KO no yume" (Japanese: KOの夢)
|Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||February 13, 2001 (2001-02-13)|
|20||"The Threat of Shotgun"|
Transcription: "Shottogan no kyōi" (Japanese: ショットガンの脅威)
|Hideo Hayashi||Ryōsuke Nakamura||February 20, 2001 (2001-02-20)|
|21||"The Way to Capture a Prodigy"|
Transcription: "Tensai kōryaku no michi (The Way of Capturing a Genius)" (Japanese: 天才攻略の道)
|Akira Mano||Kenji Sugihara||February 27, 2001 (2001-02-27)|
Transcription: "Mae! Mae!! (Forward! Forward!!)" (Japanese: 前へ!前へ!!)
|Mitsuyuki Masuhara||Yasuko Kamo||March 6, 2001 (2001-03-06)|
|23||"The Other Semi-Final"|
Transcription: "Mō hitotsu no junkesshō (One More Semi-Final)" (Japanese: もう一つの準決勝)
|Nanako Shimazaki||Daisuke Aranishi||March 13, 2001 (2001-03-13)|
|24||"To the Promised Place..."|
Transcription: "Yakusoku no basho e (To the Place of Promise)" (Japanese: 約束の場所へ...)
|Yoshito Hata||Hiroshi Mori||March 20, 2001 (2001-03-20)|
|25||"Grudges, Sorrows & Dreams"|
Transcription: "Sorezore no omoi (Each Emotion)" (Japanese: それぞれの想い)
|Jun Shishido||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||March 27, 2001 (2001-03-27)|
|26||"The Battle for Distance"|
Transcription: "(Kyori no kōbō) Attack and Defense of Distance" (Japanese: 距離の攻防)
|Yukina Hiiro||Kenji Sugihara||April 3, 2001 (2001-04-03)|
Transcription: "Shitō (Struggle to the Death)" (Japanese: 死闘)
|Kenichi Kawamura||Ryōsuke Nakamura||April 10, 2001 (2001-04-10)|
|28||"Victory or Defeat"|
Transcription: "Shōhai (Victory or Defeat)" (Japanese: 勝敗)
|Akira Mano||Yasuko Kamo||April 17, 2001 (2001-04-17)|
|29||"Rocky of Naniwa"|
Transcription: "Naniwa no Rocky (Rocky of Naniwa)" (Japanese: 浪速のロッキー)
|Shinichi Masaki||Daisuke Aranishi||April 24, 2001 (2001-04-24)|
|30||"To Enemy Ground"|
Transcription: "Tekichi e (To Enemy Ground)" (Japanese: 敵地へ)
|Nanako Shimazaki||Ryōsuke Nakamura||May 1, 2001 (2001-05-01)|
|31||"Traces of Intense Battles (recap)"|
Transcription: "Gekitō no sokuseki (Footprints of Fierce Fighting)" (Japanese: 激闘の足跡)
|Kenichi Kawamura||Tatsuhiko Urahata||May 8, 2001 (2001-05-08)|
|32||"Throw Your Right!"|
Transcription: "(Right Hits!)" (Japanese: 右を打て!)
|Jun Shishido||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||May 15, 2001 (2001-05-15)|
Transcription: "Sumasshu no iatsu (Coercion of the Smash)" (Japanese: スマッシュの威圧)
|Mitsuyuki Masuhara||Kenji Sugihara||May 22, 2001 (2001-05-22)|
|34||"The Rookie King"|
Transcription: "Shinjin Ō (Rookie of the Year)" (Japanese: 新人王)
|Yukina Hiiro||Yasuko Kamo||May 29, 2001 (2001-05-29)|
|35||"The Counting Journey"|
Transcription: "(To Go Further on the Journey)" (Japanese: さらなる旅立ち)
|Akira Mano||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||June 5, 2001 (2001-06-05)|
|36||"The Champ and I"|
Transcription: "Ōja tono deai (Encounter with the King)" (Japanese: 王者との出会い)
|Keiji Hayakawa||Daisuke Aranishi||June 12, 2001 (2001-06-12)|
|37||"A Thing to Strive For"|
Transcription: "Mezasu mono (Something to Aim At)" (Japanese: 目指すもの)
|Kentarō Nakamura||Kenji Sugihara||June 19, 2001 (2001-06-19)|
|38||"Two Rookies of the Year"|
Transcription: "Futari no shinjin ō (Two Rookies of the Year)" (Japanese: 二人の新人王)
|Jun Shishido||Ryōsuke Nakamura||June 27, 2001 (2001-06-27)|
|39||"Challenge in a Foreign Land"|
Transcription: "Ikoku de no chōsen (Challenge in a Foreign Country)" (Japanese: 異国での挑戦)
|Yukina Hiiro||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||July 4, 2001 (2001-07-04)|
|40||"A Counter to Surpass All Counters"|
Transcription: "(Counter that Surpassed the Counter)" (Japanese: カウンターを超えたカウンター)
|Yūzō Satō||Kenji Sugihara||July 11, 2001 (2001-07-11)|
|41||"Barf-michi's Big Fight"|
Transcription: "Barf-michi no tatakai (Barf-michi's Fight)" (Japanese: ゲロ道の戦い)
Mitsuyuki Masuhara (assistant)
|Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||July 18, 2001 (2001-07-18)|
|42||"Sharing a Dream"|
Transcription: "Yume e no kyōkan (Sympathy to Dream)" (Japanese: 夢への共感)
Mitsuyuki Masuhara (assistant)
|Yasuko Kamo||July 25, 2001 (2001-07-25)|
|43||"The Speed Star"|
Transcription: "THE SPEED STAR"
|Hiromitsu Morita||Daisuke Aranishi||August 1, 2001 (2001-08-01)|
|44||"Blind Spot in the Ring"|
Transcription: "Ringu no shikaku (Blind spot of the Ring)" (Japanese: リングの死角)
|Yoshito Hata||Ryōsuke Nakamura||August 8, 2001 (2001-08-08)|
|45||"The White Fangs of the Wolf"|
Transcription: "Ōkami no shiroi kiba (White Fangs of the Wolf vega)" (Japanese: 狼の白い牙)
|Nanako Shimazaki||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||August 15, 2001 (2001-08-15)|
|46||"Be the Gazelle"|
Transcription: "(Become the Gazelle!)" (Japanese: かもしかになれ!)
|Jun Shishido||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||August 22, 2001 (2001-08-22)|
|47||"The Fighting Spirit Within"|
Transcription: "(Concealed Fighting Spirit)" (Japanese: 秘められた闘志)
|Mihiro Yamaguchi||Kenji Sugihara||August 29, 2001 (2001-08-29)|
|48||"The Red Wolf"|
Transcription: "Akai ōkami (Red Wolf)" (Japanese: 赤い狼)
|Yoshio Suzuki||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||September 5, 2001 (2001-09-05)|
|49||"The Courage to Believe"|
Transcription: "(Courage to Trust)" (Japanese: 信頼する勇気)
|Yukina Hiiro||Daisuke Aranishi||September 19, 2001 (2001-09-19)|
|50||"Something to Convey"|
Transcription: "(What I want to Say)" (Japanese: 伝えたいこと)
|Kentarō Nakamura||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||September 26, 2001 (2001-09-26)|
|51||"The Group Date"|
Transcription: "Gōkon (Joint party)" (Japanese: 合コン)
|Mitsuyuki Masuhara||Yasuko Kamo||October 3, 2001 (2001-10-03)|
|52||"The Challenger (recap)"|
Transcription: "Chōsensha (Challenger)" (Japanese: 挑戦者)
|Kenichi Kawamura||Tatsuhiko Urahata||October 10, 2001 (2001-10-10)|
|53||"So That I Can Be Myself"|
|Yasuhiro Sugimura||Ryōsuke Nakamura||October 17, 2001 (2001-10-17)|
|54||"Fists of the Champ"|
Transcription: "Ōja no kobushi (Fists of the King)" (Japanese: 王者の拳)
|Atsushi Takahashi||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||October 24, 2001 (2001-10-24)|
|55||"The Japan Featherweight Title Match"|
Transcription: "Nippon fezākyū taitorumacchi (Japan Featherweight Title Match)" (Japanese: 日本フェザー級タイトルマッチ)
|Shinichi Masaki||Daisuke Aranishi||October 31, 2001 (2001-10-31)|
|56||"The Power that Stands in the Way"|
Transcription: "Tachi hadakaru chikara (The Power That Blocks the Way)" (Japanese: 立ちはだかる力)
|Kentarō Nakamura||Kenji Sugihara||November 7, 2001 (2001-11-07)|
Transcription: "Ketchaku (Conclusion)" (Japanese: 決着)
|Mitsuyuki Masuhara||Yasuko Kamo||November 14, 2001 (2001-11-14)|
Transcription: "Shōshin (Heartbreak)" (Japanese: 傷心)
|Nanako Shimazaki||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||November 21, 2001 (2001-11-21)|
|59||"A Determined Gaze"|
Transcription: "Ketsui no manazashi (A Look of Determination)" (Japanese: 決意のまなざし)
|Yukina Hiiro||Daisuke Aranishi||November 28, 2001 (2001-11-28)|
Transcription: "Raibaru (Rival)" (Japanese: ライバル)
|Kentarō Nakamura||Ryōsuke Nakamura||December 5, 2001 (2001-12-05)|
Transcription: "(Anxiety to Recovery)" (Japanese: 再起への不安)
|Kenji Sugihara||December 12, 2001 (2001-12-12)|
Transcription: "(Revival)" (Japanese: 復活)
Lee Kwan-sup (assistant)
|Yasuko Kamo||December 19, 2001 (2001-12-19)|
|63||"Youth of Fire"|
Transcription: "(Youth of Flame)" (Japanese: 炎の青春)
|Ryōsuke Nakamura||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||December 26, 2001 (2001-12-26)|
|64||"Hot Rod Era"|
Transcription: "(Enthusiastic Era)" (Japanese: 熱中時代)
|Atsushi Takahashi||Daisuke Aranishi||January 9, 2002 (2002-01-09)|
|65||"The Summer of the Kamogawa Corps"|
Transcription: "(The Summer of the Kamogawa Corps)" (Japanese: 鴨川軍団の夏)
|Mitsuyuki Masuhara||Ryōsuke Nakamura||January 16, 2002 (2002-01-16)|
Transcription: "(Takamura's Tears)" (Japanese: 鷹村さんの涙)
|Nanako Shimazaki||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||January 23, 2002 (2002-01-23)|
|67||"The Kamogawa Gym Swings Into Action"|
Transcription: "(The Kamogawa Gym Moves Out)" (Japanese: 動き出す鴨川ジム)
|Mihiro Yamaguchi||Kenji Sugihara||January 30, 2002 (2002-01-30)|
|68||"The Chief's Peril"|
Transcription: "(The Chairman's Crisis)" (Japanese: 会長の危機)
|Yoshiyuki Takei||Daisuke Aranishi||February 6, 2002 (2002-02-06)|
|69||"The Trap of the Southpaw"|
Transcription: "(Trap of the Southpaw)" (Japanese: サウスポーの罠)
|Yukina Hiiro||Shingō Nishikawa||February 13, 2002 (2002-02-13)|
|70||"The Young Punk"|
Transcription: "(A Naughty Boy)" (Japanese: ごんたくれ)
|Kentarō Nakamura||Kōji Aritomi||February 20, 2002 (2002-02-20)|
|71||"Time for the Showdown"|
Transcription: "(Moment of the Decisive Battle)" (Japanese: 決戦の刻)
|Shinji Satō||Ryōsuke Nakamura||February 27, 2002 (2002-02-27)|
|Yasuko Kamo||March 6, 2002 (2002-03-06)|
|73||"Surpass that Moment"|
Transcription: "(Surpass that Time)" (Japanese: あの時を超えろ)
|Nanako Shimazaki||Ryōsuke Nakamura||March 13, 2002 (2002-03-13)|
Transcription: "()" (Japanese: ミックスアップ)
|Yukina Hiiro||Kenji Sugihara||March 20, 2002 (2002-03-20)|
|75||"A Step Further"|
Transcription: "(Into the Next Step)" (Japanese: さらなる一歩を)
|Kentarō Nakamura||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||March 27, 2002 (2002-03-27)|
Transcription: "Bokusā no Kobushi" (Japanese: ボクサーの拳)
|Kenichi Kawamura||Tatsuhiko Urahata||March 21, 2003 (2003-03-21)|
Transcription: "Champion Road" (Japanese: Champion Road)
|Satoshi Nishimura||Tatsuhiko Urahata||April 18, 2003 (2003-04-18)|
Transcription: "Mashiba vs. Kimura" (Japanese: 間柴vs木村 死刑執行)
|Hitoshi Nanba||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu||September 5, 2003 (2003-09-05)|